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chip off the old block

Definition of chip off the old block

informal

  1. :  someone who looks or behaves like his or her parent <His son is a real chip off the old block.>



Word by Word Definitions

chipplay
  1. :  a small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked off

    :  a small piece of food: as

    :  a small thin slice of food

  1. :  to cut or hew with an edged tool

    :  to cut or break (a small piece) from something

    :  to cut or break a fragment from

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

  1. :  dating from the remote past :  ancient

    :  persisting from an earlier time

    :  of long standing

blockplay
  1. :  a compact usually solid piece of substantial material especially when worked or altered to serve a particular purpose: as

    :  the piece of wood on which the neck of a person condemned to be beheaded is laid for execution

    :  a mold or form on which articles are shaped or displayed

  1. :  to make unsuitable for passage or progress by obstruction

    :  blockade

    :  to hinder the passage, progress, or accomplishment of by or as if by interposing an obstruction


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